GarrettB (1119) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
April 15th, 2012 - The Black Marlin is a local favorite, showing up at parties and board game gatherings with a special frequency. It makes sense that Ballast Point would make an effort to put clever, curious twists on this beer in particular, both for its popularity, and because it’s a relatively open canvas on which to build sharp, and even crazy flavors. The appearance is much like the plain Black Marlin - a thin, light brown head makes a crescent around the edge of the glass, and the beer is a dark and hazy chocolate mud. On the nose I catch the scent of peppers, true, but also the salty, boozy and unique smell of reposed tequila. It’s a dry tanginess that I think is common to agave, but mostly uncommon to the average American. The flavor shares this Mexican tanginess, beginning with the vinegars common to certain, regional barbecue sauces, which calms and quiets itself until the flavor has a deep, roiling smokiness, lent to it both by the malt but also the chipotle. Then suddenly the aftertaste kicks the drinker hard with a dry charcoal and chili powder kick. As I write the notes, I am coughing and sputtering at the end of each sip, and eventually have to leave the remainder in the glass. Pepper lovers should give this brew a try. Have an aversion to measuring the scovilles of your beer? Tread carefully!
Lubiere (10563) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, light sweet chocolate malt with light chalky character, light coffee, nice. In mouth, a nice bitter sweet chocolate with smooth peaty notes, faint pepper burn, dark fruits, plums interesting. On tap at Timothy O’toole’s.
anders37 (17939) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Bishops Arms Gustav, Malmö. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty spicy chocolate and chipotle aroma. Roasted malty spicy chocolate and chipotle peppers flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy chili and chocolate finish with hints of caramel.
Ferris (5280) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Chocolate, chipotle and gap dark roast. Jet black with light head. Chocolate, chipotle and a bit of chilli heat on the back of the throat. Well done, likely the best chipotle beer I have had.
dfearnley (1098) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Chocolate, a little coffee, pepper, chipotle, sweet malt
Dark brown with a tan head.
Strong chipotle, chocolate, and toasted malt.
Strong peppery burn.
wheresyourball (520) - El Cajon, California, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft in Little Italy. Red/copper color with tan head. Nose is roast and spice. Flavor is dominated by spice, sharp and roasty with some smoke. Not really my style.
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz snifter on tap at Neon’s, for $6. Very dark brown, near-black color. Thin light brown / khaki head. Good bits and short ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, crisp lighter carbonation. Kind of a chewy, bigger texture. Lightly dry finish. Good bigger roast, dark malts, hint of coffee, good dark chocolate aroma. Pepper is much more subtle and well-integrated than expected. Much more balanced than habanero sculpin, works great with the rich, dark malt flavors of Marlin. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Good light peppery heat creeps up on you in the finish, but it’s more of a warm hug on the palate than a peppery kick. Up front, the pepper backs off enough to let the dark chocolate and roast malt flavors shine. Definitely the best pepper porter I’ve had yet, much better than expected.
Jow (2324) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Stagshead as part of flight of bizarre flavored beers I designed. Pours nice brown but with chili burn on nose. Tastes of cocoa, anise, smoke, cola, and lots of chipotle chili. Normally chipotles aren’t this hot but more smoky and this could be a touch more subdued with heat for me. Lots of flavors though and cleared sinuses.
gnoff (8010) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As "Ballast Point Black Marlin (Chipotle)".
Draught at "Göteborgs Porterfestival" 2013. November 16.
Dark brown color, brown head. Sweet, malty, grainy scent. Malty, grainy taste. Grainy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An enjoyable porter with an unexpected punch. The chilli is front and centre but is nicely balanced with the chocolate and coffee that fills out the finish.